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    Cover of ASA's December 2014 Endangered Duner newsletter
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So far there has been approx. 200 search & rescue / medical calls which is down about 5% from last year. #Glamis #ISDRADunes

@ASA_Sand: BLM ECFO reported to OHV Leadership that ISDRA visitation is up to 572k so far this year. Up approx. 5% from last year. #Glamis

Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard. US Fish & Wildlife Service photo.Environmental Group Petitions to have Lizard Listed as Endangered Species and Files Notice of Intent to Sue for 16 Other Species in California

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has filed a petition for protective status of the Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard through the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The California Fish and Game Commission is now considering their petition. After several failed attempts to get the lizard listed as protected through the Federal Government the CBD is now trying to get the species listed through the State.

Additionally, the CBD has recently filed their intent to sue the US Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to decide if 16 species in California warrant consideration of the ESA. Once a petition is filed, the FWS has 90 days to respond which they neglected to do. Among the 16 species listed in their Intent to Sue is the Colorado Desert Fringe-Toed Lizard, another species found in the dunes and desert areas where many people recreate.

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ASA participates in Ride-Along

ASA Executive Director Nicole Gilles was pleased to participate in a ride-along with Chief Clark over Halloween weekend in Glamis. "It was great to see Chief Clark interact with duners in the field," Gilles stated. "She was very approachable and forthright about the issues managing a recreation area with such a high amount of visitation." We asked Chief Clark to share some information about herself with us.

Stephanie Clark is the new chief ranger at BLM El CentroStephanie Clark is the Chief Law Enforcement Ranger for the El Centro Field Office, with the Bureau of Land Management in El Centro, California. Chief Clark began her career with the Bureau of Land Management on May 18, 2014.

Chief Clark began her law enforcement career on January 4, 1999 with the United States Park Police, an agency of the National Park Service. She completed her recruit training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy in May of that same year. After completing field training, she was assigned as a patrol officer to the Central District Station in Washington, DC. Chief Clark went on to work at the Rock Creek Station, in Washington DC and the George Washington Memorial Parkway Station in Virginia. It was while stationed at the GW Parkway Station that Chief Clark earned a lifesaving award after rendering first aid to a citizen who had attempted suicide. In October 2006, Chief Clark was reassigned to the Special Forces Branch as the Special Events Officer.  During her tenure with the special events office the unit managed over 14,000 special events. She coordinated over 1900 presidential and dignitary visits and earned four awards for her work as the Special Events Officer. Chief Clark was promoted on July 22, 2007 to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the New York Field Office at the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island District. In March of 2009, she was reassigned to the Special Forces Branch as the Special Events Liaison for the agency. Chief Clark accepted a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in March of 2010. She held assignments as the Washington, DC Shift Commander, Central District Administrative Commander, and Force Training Manager before accepting a position with the Bureau of Land Management.

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Rev.11/24/14

SUMMARY

The Imperial Sand Dune Recreations Area (ISDRA) is a victim of abuse of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) where 49,300 acres were temporarily closed as part of a March 2000 lawsuit settlement pending a Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP). The plan and its components were challenged several times by the anti-access groups and it took approximately 14 years for the new plan to be implemented.

In 2014 the new plan re-opened the 49,300 acres. However, the Bureau of Land Management(BLM) wanted a plan that would withstand further legal challenges and so closed approximately 9,000 acres of land deemed critical habitat (CH) that were open before the initial lawsuit. This closure included the Patton Valley Travel Corridor (PVTC): a section of dunes that heretofore had never been closed.

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Dear Off-Road Enthusiasts,

The Federal Government wants to design your next off-road side-by-side vehicle by mandating handling and performance capabilities and requiring excessive and potentially unsafe restraint systems. If not halted, the mandate will limit the off-road community's options.

Your immediate action is needed now. By reaching out to your elected officials and letting them know you oppose this mandate, together we can halt this regulation, but you must act now. We only have 75 days to act, and tell Congress and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) that their mandates are not right for off-road.

As a unified off-road community, we can protect our right to ride for today and the future.

Watch the video below to find out why it is so important to oppose this proposal by the CSPC!

Clicking below will take you to the letter generator page of our partners at ARRA (Americans for Responsible Recreation Access). They have made it extremely easy for you to contact the right people who represent you in Washington, D.C.

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